Thursday, November 15, 2018
THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION
Putin’s Chef DENIED
- A federal judge refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company that Mueller accused of attempting to sway the 2016 election
- Judge rejects bid by Russian firm Concord to dismiss Mueller indictment
- Mueller Scores a Win in Prosecution of ‘Putin Chef’s’ Business
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, who was appointed to the federal bench by Trump last year, rejected Concord’s claim that the allegations didn’t amount to a crime. The ruling means that the special counsel’s office can proceed with the prosecution.
Concord lawyer Eric Dubelier argued prosecutors didn’t accuse Concord of willfully violating U.S. laws, contending it showed a lack of criminal intent. The judge disagreed, stating it was enough that the indictment show that the company knew it was impairing the lawful functions of the Federal Election Commission, Department of Justice or Department of State.
“Concord goes too far in asserting that the special counsel must also show that Concord knew with specificity ‘how the relevant laws described those functions,’” Friedrich said in her 32-page ruling. “At this stage, the government has alleged the requisite intent and no more is required.”
Concord is owned by Yevgeny Prigozhin, whose primary business is catering and who is known as “Putin’s chef.”
Unlike the Russian nationals, who didn’t respond to the charges, Concord hired a law firm and mounted an aggressive defense, questioning the legitimacy of the charges lodged by Mueller.
Looks like this case will continue along.
Meanwhile, in other court news…
- Maria Butina, alleged Russian agent, asks U.S. court to dismiss charges as unconstitutional
- Former Trump adviser Rick Gates now cooperating with Mueller on multiple investigations
- Zoe Tillman: Lawyers for Paul Manafort and Mueller’s office filed a joint request tonight to extend the deadline to update the judge in DC about the status of things — report is currently due tomorrow. They’ve asked to file 11/26, saying they’ll be able to give info “of greater assistance”
- Mueller Promises Judge More Details on Manafort Case in 10 Days
Interesting. Let’s check back in 10 days to see what happened that could cause them to ask for an extension.
Trump Scared Shitless
- As Mueller’s Next Move Looms, The Trump Administration Is Unraveling – Rantt
- Nicolle Wallace Reports Mueller Has Triggered A Total Trump Meltdown
- The President* Is in an Outright Frenzy Over the Mueller Probe
- Trump Is Rage Tweeting Again, Which Means That Robert Mueller Is Getting Closer
- Trump lashes out against Mueller investigation amid reports of impending indictments
- Trump Says Mueller Is ‘Threatening’ Witnesses Without Citing Any Examples
- What Trump’s Latest Outburst About Mueller Could Mean
- Dem rep: Trump tweet ‘leads me to think that more indictments are coming soon’
- ‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world
I’ve noticed a pattern to these events. Trump rage tweets about something involving Mueller, trying to rile up the base. Some big story comes out that distracts from this. Down the line, we hear about some conversation or new piece of information that he found out about or his lawyers were involved in that kicked him in the head that day.
My guess is that this was the day he found out how truly, absolutely, positively, without a doubt fucked he is. This is when he found out that his son is going to prison, his daughter is going to prison, his son-in-law is going to prison, his friends are going to prison, and he’s going to prison if he’s lucky. He’s tried to think that he’s ahead of the game, but that’s no longer true in Trump World. Either his little lackey saved his own neck and decided not to fuck with Mueller, or he gave Trump the info he could get, and it’s enough to show that Trump’s best bet is to try to flee the country.
Speaking of Tangerine Tojo’s lackey…
I knew this fuck-up was coming
- Trump effectively admits he chose Matthew Whitaker to undermine Mueller.
- Trump Just Blurted Out, Unprompted, That He Installed His Pet Attorney General Over the Russia Probe
- In a ‘self-defeating and self-incriminating’ slip-up, Trump just admitted he installed Matthew Whitaker to kill the Russia probe
President Donald Trump on Wednesday indicated during an interview that he tapped former US attorney Matthew Whitaker to replace then Attorney General Jeff Sessions in order to rein in the Russia investigation.
Speaking to The Daily Caller, Trump expanded on his thought process behind choosing Whitaker to take over as acting attorney general.
“Matthew Whitaker is a very respected man,” Trump said. “He’s — and he’s, very importantly, he’s respected within DOJ. I heard he got a very good decision, I haven’t seen it.”
He added that he “heard it was a very strong opinion,” referring to the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel’s 20-page memo justifying Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general until the Senate confirms a permanent replacement.
Reiterating that Whitaker is “somebody that’s very respected” — a claim that stands in contrast to many DOJ and FBI officials’ views of their new boss — Trump said he “knew him only as he pertained, you know, as he was with Jeff Sessions.”
The president then appeared to allude to the fact that he tapped Whitaker primarily to constrain the Russia investigation.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is an investigation that should have never been brought,” Trump told The Daily Caller. “It should have never been had … It’s an illegal investigation.”
He then tacked on: “And you know, it’s very interesting because when you talk about not Senate confirmed, [the special counsel Robert Mueller] is not Senate confirmed.”
The admission is reminiscent of when Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt last year that he ousted then FBI director James Comey because of the Russia investigation.
Trump’s statement to Holt now makes up one of the central threads of Mueller’s investigation into whether the president sought to obstruct justice in the inquiry, and legal experts told INSIDER his admission to The Daily Caller could add another piece to Mueller’s probe.
“What is so unusual about Trump is that he publicly forecasts his motivation in a way that is self-defeating and self-incriminating,” Elie Honig, a former prosecutor from the Southern District of New York who specialized in organized-crime cases, told INSIDER.
Jeffrey Cramer, a longtime former federal prosecutor who spent 12 years at the DOJ, echoed that assessment.
“The president’s knee-jerk pivot to talking about the Russia investigation when asked about Whitaker’s qualification is what poker players call a ‘tell,'” Cramer told INSIDER.
It was last Wednesday (Daily Check-In 11/07/2018) that Sessions quit and Trump named Whitaker as the Acting AG. That day, I said the following:
This is a little league play, and Mueller is the New York Yankees. They have this wargammed out.
First, if at any point Trump so much breathes, implies, tweets, or says that he picked Whitaker to stop Mueller, then Whitaker becomes an accomplice in a Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice. Whitaker then has the choice between trying to follow Trump’s orders, or follow the DOJ’s rules. If he does try to execute Trump’s wishes after Trump makes such a stupid statement, then his actions would have criminal intent.
I figured it was just a matter of time before Trump would admit to the world that he was thinking about the Russia Investigation and Mueller when he fired Sessions and hired Whitaker.
Honestly, I’m surprised it took this long for him to fuck himself like this. Then again, he has been moping about the midterm losses and getting his ass handed to him in the press over the rest of his fights, so it took him some time to open up his schedule enough for some self-sabotage.
- Decrying Trump’s ‘Outrageous’ Undermining of Mueller Probe, Attorneys and Watchdogs Call on Lawmakers to Force Whitaker’s Recusal
- Warner intensifies call for Whitaker to recuse himself from special counsel probe, citing friendship with key witness
- Bipartisan effort to protect Mueller investigation blocked by McConnell
- Grassley: Mueller protection bill should get a vote
- McConnell just said there’s no need for a “protect Mueller” bill. Trump already made that look silly.
This isnt McConnell trying to be diplomatic or anything, or trying to avoid an unnecessary legal fight. He’s trying to save his own shell. He’s neck deep in this. Don’t forget it.
- U.S. Is Optimistic It Will Prosecute Assange
- Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing
- Justice Department reportedly preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing — a development that could significantly advance the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and have major implications for those who publish government secrets.
The disclosure came in a filing in a case unrelated to Assange. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer, urging a judge to keep the matter sealed, wrote that “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.” Later, Dwyer wrote the charges would “need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested.”
Dwyer is also assigned to the WikiLeaks case. People familiar with the matter said what Dwyer was disclosing was true, but unintentional.
Joshua Stueve, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia, said, “The court filing was made in error. That was not the intended name for this filing.”
An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment.
Well, well, well. What do we have here?
This is very interesting, and moves Julian Assange from the “Assumed Indicted” category to “Waiting to be indicted”, but what for exactly? Are these charges related to Russia, or some of his other fuckery over the years?
Let’s look at the surrounding case.
The filing in the Eastern District of Virginia came Aug. 22 in a case that combines national security and sex trafficking. Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, 29, was charged with enticing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him and send him pornographic images of herself. But he was detained in part because he “has a substantial interest in terrorist acts,” according to the court filing.
His father-in-law, according to the filing, has been convicted of terrorist acts. The case involves previously classified information, according to government filings, and prosecutors plan to use information obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Kokayi was indicted last week and is set to be arraigned Friday morning.
The case had been sealed until early September, though by itself it attracted little notice. On Thursday evening, Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, who is known for scrubbing court filings, joked about the apparent error on Twitter — which first brought it to the attention of reporters.
I can’t find any decent info ok Kokayi in a quick Google search, but this is the first time I’ve seen his name brought up. It’s likely he was interacting with or using Wikileaks for some of his research, and that’s how Julian Assange got pulled into this mess. I don’t know his involvement in this case, but it was likely more than just hitting his home page. When the DOJ looked for information on Assange, they found these sealed indictments in some database, it was mentioned in this sealed indictment. When this document was being scrubbed, his name was missed.
Notice how on the previous legal docs I’ve hosted that people have had been called PERSON-1 or INDIVIDUAL-1? That’s to protect people who haven’t yet been charged with a crime, or to protect victims or witnesses. That’s part of the scrubbing process. What happened here is someone likely missed Julian Assange’s name in this indictment and didn’t catch it until it two months later.
Rumor Mill Special: JAss and a Grand Jury
- Angry White House Staffer: Trump’s Twitter feed really takes the fun out of indictment-teasing. Now everyone *knows* they’re coming.
- Evil Bob J: I just spoke to a camera man outside the DC courthouse. He confirmed that they are there for the Grand Jury in the #MuellerProbe for the third day in a row. I have never seen this kind of media presence for a GJ and I’m telling y’all – something is afoot.
- Tea Pain: UPDATE: Bob Mueller’s Grand Jury enters day three today and Trump is on a new-level Twitter rant about Mueller first thing this mornin’. Big things are happenin’!
- Ming: Ming surmise GJ been on new indict-a-thon last few days…
- Brian Karem: WH staffer on POTUS: “He always seems angry. Now he seems mad at the furniture too.”
- Bryce Tache: Trump just tweeted: A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY! He’s terrified. Something’s coming.
- Adriemme Cobb: Additionally, Russian media is reporting Ecuador plans to extradite Assange. Google translation below
COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS
- Michael Avenatti: First Mueller and now me. When we are fully exonerated I am coming for you Jacob Wohl aka Surefire.
- S E Cupp: I hate to be a wet blanket, but if this Avenatti story is true, it’s no reason to dunk or high five. There’s a victim at its center who likely doesn’t care about the political chess pieces. But carry on…
TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET
- ‘Preparing for the worst’: Mueller anxiety pervades Trump world
- Trump Has Resumed That Whole Melting Down Over the Russia Investigation Thing
- Trump is having to confront the fact that he’s losing
- Trump Makes New Baseless Claim of Voter Fraud
- Jennifer Jacobs: VP Pence and Putin had a 15-20 minute chat in between other meetings at ASEAN in Singapore.
- Julia Davis: Putin, Pence, Bolton reportedly discussed the agenda of the upcoming Trump/Putin summit. #ASEAN2018 #ASEAN #Russia
- Julia Davis: Why not mention Putin and Pence agreed to hold full-fledged talks later today and the press is not invited? #ASEAN
- Pence, Putin And Bolton Have ‘Informal Conversation’ At Asian Summit In Singapore
- HUD housing conditions worsening under Ben Carson
- Trump’s New “Attorney General” Has a Long History of Absurd Scams
- Trump’s New AG Praised Rosenstein’s ‘Unassailable Integrity’
- Trump’s Acting AG Left A Taxpayer Subsidized Project Without Repaying Taxpayers
- Trump’s appointment of Whitaker is almost exactly like one of Nixon’s most brazen acts before Watergate, only worse
- ‘He was yelling’: Whitaker pushed back against early fraud complaints about company he advised
- Acting AG Matt Whitaker under fire for alleged Bigfoot, toilet, time travel scams
- Feinstein, Nadler, Schiff: White House OLC Opinion on Whitaker Appointment ‘Fatally Flawed’
- Veterans aren’t getting their GI Bill payments — because VA’s 50-year-old computer system broke
- Tammy Duckworth: Trump has ‘failed miserably’ in supporting US troops
- Imagine the firestorm if President Obama had skipped Arlington on Veterans Day
- Eric Garland: “The End of American Democracy” – Hogwash! We’ve awoken a new generation, mobilized voters, and inspired new passion. Our next move is to rip out the networks of malign influence and get foreigners out of our political dialogue and this democracy will be more vibrant than ever. Let’s make it happen. Real debates with our fellow citizens. Real leaders. We can do it. Fight for it! ✊🇺🇸
- Jim Carrey: As the California death toll rises our Sadist-in-Chief is spending $220 million to send troops to the border for nothing. That’s one way to get rid of Democrats. This is no longer politics. This is manslaughter.
- It’s Time for Jeff Flake to Put Up or Shut Up
- John Kerry: US ‘cannot afford truculent child president’
- Donald Trump Becomes Twitter Laughingstock Over ‘Envy Of The World’ Boast
- A MAGA outlet just published a piece blaming Trump for the GOP midterm loss
RIGHT WING TERRORISM & WHITE NATIONALISM
- George Takei: If you don’t think fascist state actions can happen quickly within the United States, you weren’t a Japanese American in 1942. Or a Central American child at the border in 2018.
- The Signs of Creeping Fascism Are All Around Us
- A vice mayor called gay men fairies and declared his ‘straight pride.’ Now, he’s out of office
- Texas Republicans try and oust party leader for being Muslim
- Raising a flag to white grievance
- Justice Dept. brings hate-crime charges against man accused of shooting black customers at Kentucky Kroger
- Kansas Official Tells Black Woman He’s Member of the ‘Master Race:’ ‘Don’t Ever Forget That’
- Leavenworth County commissioner called on to resign after ‘master race’ comments
- Man shouts ‘Heil Hitler, Heil Trump,’ does Nazi salute during Baltimore performance of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
- Judge: 1st Amendment Doesn’t Shield Neo-Nazi Publisher From Lawsuit
Seriously, fuck this guy. He allowed the personal details of a woman and her family to be posted on his site, then encouraged his readers to harass and attack them. His actions crossed the line of free speech and entered into targeted assault. His “free speech” defense ended when the first of his trolls followed his instructions and attacked them.
KHASHOGGI & SAUDI ARABIA
- U.S. Levels Sanctions on 17 Saudis for Alleged Involvement in Khashoggi Killing
- U.S. sanctions 17 Saudis allegedly involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
- Saudi Arabia distances crown prince from killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
- Treasury sanctions 17 Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing – MarketWatch
- Trump May Let Turkey Kill U.S. Resident to Help Saudis Who Killed U.S. Resident
- Trump administration’s reported effort to ‘barter’ a US resident to convince Turkey to ramp down Khashoggi probe stuns foreign-policy veterans
- To ease Turkish anger over journalist’s killing, White House considers extraditing an enemy of Erdogan: NBC
- Paul Blumenthal: The thrust of the Gulen story is that the WH considered shipping a U.S. green card holder to likely torture and death in exchange for a cover-up of the murder of another U.S. green card holder to preserve a weapons deal with a country that spends money at the president’s hotel.
- An Irish teenager said she was raped. Then her lacy underwear was used against her.
- Reminder: Your Daughter Doesn’t Owe Anyone a Hug. Not Even at The Holidays.
- ICE head apologizes for tweet calling Democrats ‘NeoKlanist’ party
- Stelter: The ‘caravan’ faded from the news. Obama predicted this would happen.
COLD WAR 2.0
- Bill Browder: On the eve of the 9th anniversary of Sergei Magnitsky’s murder, the US uses the law named after Sergei to punish the perpetrators of one of the most gruesome killings in modern times.
- Global Magnitsky Designations
- Bill Browder: BREAKING: US government applies Global Magnitsky sanctions to 17 Saudis who played a role in the murder and dismemberment of opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi, including close aide to MBS.
- Analysis | Can Brexit be stopped? A guide for those just waking up to Britain’s political nightmare.
- Brexit: A guide to where we are
- Theresa May vows Brexit will happen despite a wave of resignations over her plan to exit the European Union
- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects testing of unspecified new ‘tactical weapon’
- The NRA Doesn’t Seem So Invincible Anymore
- David Hogg: Imagine arguing that guns make us free while living in a police state because we’re getting there.
- The solution to mass shootings has nothing to do with mental illness
First and foremost, there is minimal correlation between treatable mental illness and violent crime. In a study of 235 mass shootings, only twenty-two percent of the perpetrators could be diagnosed as having any degree of mental illness, with no proven correlation between this diagnosis and the horrific crime committed.
Furthermore, less than one percent of gun homicides overall are committed by people with serious mental illness and there does not seem to be a higher rate of mental health issues in the United States compared to other nations, where rates of gun violence and mass shootings are exceedingly lower.
What is true, rather, is that grouping-suffering individuals with mental health concerns, already stigmatized by society and with poor access to care, with antisocial mass murderers only creates further stigma. Most important to note is that after years of commitment to improving “mental health” spouted by legislators after each mass shooting, there has been no real change to our health-care system or increase in access, with the majority of those with mental health issues not receiving treatment and for those actively seeking help, 1 in 5 still unable to obtain it . It is apparent, then, that the cry for mental health access is a calculated distraction to replace a proven solution with an unrelated issue.
When humanists, activists and especially physicians accept the false relationship between mental health and mass shootings, they perpetuate a lie that does a disservice to both causes. We, as doctors, must lead the way in rejecting this deception and promoting meaningful change on our own terms.
This is a public health crisis that extends well past the realm of the political and in which every doctor must have a voice. As physicians, we must encourage all citizens who are angry, heartbroken, afraid and caught in a cycle of never-ending grief to see past the “mental illness” ruse and demand that our media and politicians address the real causes of and solutions to horrific and preventable mass shootings.
We need better mental health care in this country, but it’s not the sole reason for shootings. It’s an easy crutch, but most of the mass shooters aren’t crazy. At least, not crazy enough to qualify as crazy. The Parkland Shooter, the Vegas Shooter, the Pulse Shooter, and the Borderline Shooter were all not batshit-insane.
FIXING THE INTERNET
- ‘Alarming’: Soros calls for investigation of Facebook after report of a smear campaign
- Soros Foundation Slams Facebook for Spreading anti-Semitic Smears Against Jewish Billionaire
- Facebook hired firm with ‘in-house fake news shop’ to combat PR crisis
- Facing scrutiny, Facebook reportedly hired a PR firm that wrote negative articles about rivals Apple, Google
- Lincoln’s Bible: Other than the bit on Facebook’s origin as its founder’s incel-before-incels misogynist troll app – rating & comparing female students, I don’t believe one spec of Zuckerberg’s story. Not one. I don’t believe he crafted & launched that platform without serious outside help. THREAD
- Lincoln’s Bible: Riiiight. Zuck – who’d been to Russia at behest of President, got huge investments from Putin’s warchest to rescue his burn rate b4 IPO, shared code & publicity for launch of Yandex – had absolutely NO IDEA, none whatsoever, that Russia was exploiting his platform. THREAD from February
- Sara Danner Dukic: What If?
What if your telephone company were allowed to:
-record all of your conversations -note who your friends, family, colleagues and other important people are -note all the keywords used in your conversations -note how many times you use certain keywords in your conversations -note who and what you’re talking about, and when
-assess your emotional state -track everywhere you go, even when you’re not using your phone -catalogue what your face looks like, and what your friends’ and family’s faces look like -assess your health and financial situation based on your conversations and who you call
-track all of the above information about your children
What if your phone company then: -took all of that information about you, and allowed really really bad people to have it -allowed those bad people to pretend they were someone you trust, and call you and trick you into going places and doing things
-allowed those bad people to get OTHER bad people find you. Bad people who want to do horrible things to you.
What if, when confronted, the phone company said that you were in control of 1. Your conversations – you could always opt to not talk to anyone 2. Your phone number 3. Whether or not your number’s in the phone book.
But the phone company continues to collect all of the above information with you, and continues to share it with really evil people.
Would you think the phone company needs to be held accountable? Would you think the phone company needs to be regulated?
Facebook and social media are the Wild F*ckin’ West. It doesn’t matter how many hoodies or shiny self-driving cars are part of the package. They’re operating in a lawless bubble. Remember that as our new, blue Congress is sworn in.
We need to address the problems of Social Media, starting with Facebook. It’s ugly out there. Europe is on the right path with their data protections, but we need more.
This sounds like a post for another time.
THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE
- Judge expected to rule whether White House must restore Jim Acosta’s press pass
- 815 false claims: The staggering scale of Donald Trump’s pre-midterm dishonesty | The Star
- Trouble in Paradise? Trump Reportedly Mocks Hannity’s Suck-Up Interviews Behind His Back
- QAnon’s true believers are devastated as the conspiracy theory goes down in flames
WHITE HOUSE CHAOS
- Melania Never Met Nat’l Secretary Aide She Publicly Bashed, Ousted
- Melania Trump racked up $174,000 in hotel bills for a day trip to Toronto
TRADE WAR AND ECONOMY
- Unsilent Majority: Number of people who go bankrupt every year because of medical bills: UK – 0 France – 0 Spain – 0 Portugal- 0 Denmark – 0 Australia – 0 Iceland – 0 Italy – 0 Finland – 0 Ireland – 0 Germany – 0 Netherlands – 0 Sweden – 0 Japan – 0 Chile – 0 Canada – 0 United States – 643,000
- After Taking on Amazon, Bernie Sanders Introduces Bill to Push Walmart to Raise Wages
- Almost all of Sen. Harris’s $2.8 trillion tax plan would help middle and working class, study finds
- How Amazon, the NFL, and Trump get rich off a tax break that’s supposed to help poor people
- ‘Stop Walmart Act’: Sanders-Khanna Bill Would Outlaw Stock Buybacks for Corporate Giants That Don’t Pay $15 an Hour
- Wisconsin offered Foxconn more than Virginia and New York did for Amazon
GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD
- Republican senator claims ‘the left’ will start a civil war unless federal highway system abolished
- Republicans no Longer Have a Single House Seat in New England
- Texas Republicans try and oust party leader for being Muslim
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
- A homeless veteran’s heartwarming story led to a $400,000 GoFundMe. Prosecutors say it was a lie.
- A.G. Underwood Announces Arrests Of Clinic Owner, Doctor, And Attorney For No-Fault Medical Insurance Fraud Scheme | New York State Attorney General
- Aetna ordered to pay $25.5 million after denying coverage to woman who died of cancer
- His ex accused him of an attack that could have meant life in prison. A selfie saved him.
- EPA official arrested on felony ethics charges in Alabama
- EPA’s Southeast Chief Arrested In Alabama On State Ethics Charges
- Criminal justice overhaul hits Senate snags despite Trump endorsement
- Here’s what’s in the prison reform bill Trump just backed
Apart from allowing more leeway in mandatory minimum sentences, the draft bill could:
- Extend an Obama-era law that got rid of the sentencing differences between people carrying powder cocaine and crack-cocaine, since crack users often saw harsher sentences. The new bill could apply that law retroactively, which would affect thousands of crack-cocaine users already in prison serving lengthy sentences.
- Lower sentencing under the federal “three strikes” laws, which 28 states have implemented from a life sentence to a maximum of 25 years in prison in some cases. The “three strikes” penalty punishes repeat offenders who commit two violent felonies and have one other felony conviction, regardless of its severity, from a federal or state court.
- Better prepare people for life after prison by assessing their risks and needs, while also creating incentives to participate in job-training programs that could allow for earlier prison release and a chance at a job after they get out.
- Outright ban the shackling of pregnant women behind bars, according to the New York Times, and work to ensure prisoners are placed in facilities closer to their families so they can have proper visitations.
ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE
- Camp Fire’s destruction in Northern California leaves rescue teams sifting through debris for human remains
- Texas board votes to keep Hillary Clinton in social studies standards. But historians say they remain riddled with inaccuracies.
- A massive change: Nations will vote to redefine the kilogram
- Heat waves caused by climate change could impair male fertility across generations, scientists warn
- FDA unveils sweeping anti-tobacco effort to reduce underage vaping and smoking
- High-tech farmers are using LED lights in ways that seem to border on science fiction
- New analysis of solar and wind should put the natural gas industry on notice
- Once upon a time, your Thanksgiving turkey took a very long walk to get to your table
- Democrats prepare to grill Trump officials on environmental issues in new Congress
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez details sexism, racism during first days on Capitol Hil: ‘I was sent to spouse event’
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Using Instagram Stories to Lift the Veil on Congress and It’s Genius
- Nancy Pelosi Says She Has the Votes to Become House Speaker
- Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic Opposition in Speaker Race Is Led by #FiveWhiteGuys Including Tim Ryan, Seth Moulton
- Apparently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doesn’t Look Poor Enough for Republicans
- Democrats Can’t ‘Work With’ Republicans Until Republicans Return to Reality
- Senate Republicans to plead with Trump to cut a deal on the wall, keep the government open
- Left wants a vote on single-payer bill in new Congress
- Let’s Fund Mitch McConnell’s 2020 Opponent
- GOP leaders aim to avert shutdown over wall funding, but Trump makes no promises
- Letter: Hatch is departing in shame — good riddance
- Want proof that voting matters? Trump and his forces don’t want you to do it
- ‘It’s insanity!’: How the ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’ killed the 2000 recount in Miami
- Democrat Bill Nelson sues for access to Florida ballots submitted illegally in GOP-rich county
- Democrat Jared Golden Flips U.S. House Seat in Maine
- Democrat Katie Porter flips U.S. House seat in California’s Reagan country, beats GOP incumbent Mimi Walters
- Democrats doubt Kemp claims of ‘insurmountable’ lead in Georgia, as federal judge rules on ballots
- Does your vote count in Florida? It might depend on your signature.
- Federal Judge Hands Rick Scott Huge Loss While Masterfully Trolling Marco Rubio’s Football Analogy
- Florida not using Broward County’s recount tally because it uploaded results 2 minutes late
- Florida races to complete recount in U.S. Senate, governor races
- Florida recount: DeSantis looks certain to win governor’s race; Senate contest goes to a manual recount
- Florida recount: Hand recount ordered in U.S. Senate race in Florida
- Florida recount: Judge gives voters time to fix ballots with signature issues as deadline looms
- In Maine, Golden Wins Nation’s First Ranked-Choice Voting Runoff
- It’s un-American for Orange County Republicans to charge voter fraud without any evidence
- Jared Golden (D) wins in Ranked Choice Voting for ME 2nd District
- Judge will not suspend Florida recount deadline
- Ohio Democrats outpolled Republicans in Statehouse races, but will remain in the deep minority; what’s ahead for gerrymandering
- Recounts in Florida
- ‘Stunning’: After Court Rejects GOP Lawsuit, Democrat Wins as Maine Becomes First State to Use Ranked-Choice Voting in National Race
- Trump takes credit for Ted Cruz win, but lead over Beto O’Rourke plunged after Houston rally
- Jeff Merkley Seeks Oregon Law Change to Clear the Way For 2020 Presidential Bid
- As Long as Trump Is President, Blue Texas Could Actually Happen
- Beto 2020? O’Rourke invited to Iowa, called most “authentic” Democrat since Obama as presidential speculation mounts
IN OTHER NEWS…
- Rick Wilson: President Flop Sweat sure is nervous this morning
- PostimusMaximus: Things that could explain Trump’s tweets : – Whitaker news, either recusal or leaks – Indictment news from elsewhere/Corsi/Stone/etc – Him watching Fox – Him just sitting there bored waiting on his impending doom Which was it? We’ll find out soon I imagine.
- Ming: Has trump started freaking out yet?
- 911corlebra777: Day 6, no tweets or any activity from @Wikileaks and @FoxNews . At the risk of making a mistake, I’m callin it, sounds like someone else has those accounts 🙂
- 911corlebra777: Erik Prince would not be feelin good where all this is going. Prince has direct links to the Chinese Govt, lied to Congress about his Ru links, & was backchannelling in the Seychelles, & lied about that
- John Schindler: Two salient points missed by most because some people want you to miss them. 1. Team Mueller has been at work for 18 months. They are veteran investigators & prosecutors, this ain’t their first DC rodeo. 2. With #natsec crimes, DoJ’s gloves really come off. No soft touches.
That’s it for Thursday. Friday will be a bit of a holding pattern, waiting to see what’s going on with any possible indictments. As of Friday 1PM EST, I haven’t heard anything yet.
The Assange thing was a bit of a surprise, but I wonder if those are indictments from before 2016. Remember, Assange was up to some shit long before Russia in 2016. That’s just when he pulled off the mask of being a “fighter for transparency” and revealed that he was a Russian shill.
If I get time this weekend, I’d like to write about how I would fix Social Media. I have no clue where to start, but that’s never stopped me from spouting off my ideas before. Sometimes they flesh out as I’m rambling.
Thank you, and have a good one.
“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”
– Katy Tur